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05/28/2012 - 11:48pm
Doc on tech: 'Worst I've ever had'

Doc Rivers made his displeasure with his technical foul very clear following a Game 1 loss to the Heat at American Airlines Arena in South Florida. Rivers was whistled for a technical foul by referee Ed Malloy with 3:13 left in the second quarter when he uttered the words, "Come on, Ed."

"I know mine wasn't [deserved]," Rivers said. "I don't know how long I've been in the league, but that has to rank as the worst I've ever had. I would have liked to have earned it."

Malloy called that technical on Rivers and then called one on Rajon Rondo midway through the third after Rondo and Shane Battier became entangled after a Brandon Bass basket. Rondo appeared to push Battier away, trying to get loose. Earlier in the game, referee Danny Crawford called a tech on Ray Allen after Allen was demonstrative after a call on him. Crawford then whistled Garnett for a delay of game technical for tapping the ball out of bounds after...

05/28/2012 - 11:07pm
Foul smell: C's lose Game 1 in Miami

LeBron James scored 32 points and hauled down 13 rebounds while the Celtics shot just 39 percent from the field as the Heat beat the Celtics, 93-79, Monday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Rajon Rondo scored 16 points and Paul Pierce was the only other Boston player in double figures with 12 points as the Celtics look toward Wednesday night and a chance to even the series.

The game was marred by controversial officiating as five technical fouls were called on the Celtics, three coming in a seven-minute span of the second quarter. The Celtics also were brutal at the free throw line, missing 10-of-21 from the line.  

In the first quarter, the Celtics looked like a team that finished a grueling seven-game series 48 hours earlier when they came out and scored just 11 points, as LeBron James outscored Boston by himself, 13-11, helping Miami to a 21-11 lead after 12 minutes. 

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05/28/2012 - 8:11pm
Doc: 'We've had a lot of stuff this year'

MIAMI -- Despite losing Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox to heart surgery and Avery Bradley and Jermaine O'Neal to season-ending surgeries, coach Doc Rivers said that his core group of players always believed it would get to the Eastern Conference finals.

"We’ve had a lot of stuff thrown at us this year, starting with Jeff Green. Then Chris Wilcox, Avery [Bradley], we’ve had a lot of stuff," Rivers said. "Paul [Pierce] started the season not right. Kevin [Garnett], not right to start the season. It would have been easy for them to think that, especially at All-Star break. Nothing was going right for us. This was grind season in a lot of ways, but it’s been an enjoyable one."

There were no surprises in the starting lineups or the inactive lists for both teams in the conference finals' opener Monday night. Chris Bosh remains out and the Heat are starting Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Shane Battier and...

05/28/2012 - 5:42pm
Bobby V: Pedroia likely out on Tuesday

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left Monday's 7-4 victory in the top of the sixth inning due to what the team described as a jammed right thumb, was likely to miss Tuesday's game. Valentine said that he expected the second baseman to go for some tests on the injured digit.

"Right now, I don't think he'll play [Tuesday], if I was a betting man, but don't bet on it," Valentine said. "It's just swollen. You could tell there's something there."

The fact that it was Pedroia's right thumb that was injured suggests that the injury may have occurred before he made a spectacular diving play in the top of the fifth inning, ranging far to his left and diving for a Danny Worth grounder, hopping to his feet and throwing to first. Teammate Mike Aviles hinted that the injury may have taken place before the play.

"For where he had to go to stop that ball and to make a good throw, and he...

05/28/2012 - 4:14pm
Doubront dazzles as Sox tame Tigers

A strong case can be made that Felix Doubront's arsenal has been the best of any Red Sox starting pitcher. That theme continued Monday, in the Red Sox' 7-4 victory over the Tigers.

Doubront punched in with six innings, allowing two runs on four hits (including two solo homers) while striking out six and walking one. The left-hander improved to 5-2 with a 3.86 ERA, and he leads Sox starters in wins, ERA, strikeouts (59) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.5). Doubront featured what has become a customary array of swing-and-miss pitches, with a 91-95 mph fastball, changeup, cutter and curveball all eliciting whiffs from the Tigers. He was touched for a pair of solo homers (one from Delmon Young, one from Gerald Laird), but was otherwise in complete command of the game.

The Sox mounted a steady offensive attack in which eight of nine starters had at least one hit. The team got on the board in the first when David Ortiz delivered an RBI double off...

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